Community Ravine strategy

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This article discusses community strategy for Ravine.
Community Ravine strategy
Arenaravine.jpg
Basic information
Map type Arena
File name: arena_ravine
Developer(s): Valve
Map Info
Environment: Desert
Setting: Daylight, sunny
Map Items
Ammoico.png Ammo Boxes: Mediumammo.png ×4   •   Largeammo.png ×2
Map Photos
Menu photos arena ravine.png

General strategy

  • Cover is substantially more common towards the edges of the map. Working your way from outside-in allows for greater protection and a possibly way to set up chokepoints with properly placed teammates.

Class-specific strategy

Leaderboard class scout.png Scout

  • Make sure that there is an Engineer or Medic in your team as health will be lost easily. The tight corners of this map make for almost assured surprises from the enemy team. Use the Pistol to chip away at their health from a safe distance if at all possible.
  • As there are no health packs on Ravine, use the Mad Milk to supply your team with health.

Leaderboard class soldier.png Soldier

  • Given the opportunity, you can Rocket Jump onto the roofs of some buildings in Ravine. Use the advantage of the high ground to abuse the classes that cannot reach your position easily.

Leaderboard class pyro.png Pyro

  • Stick to the edges as there is much more cover. This is also a good level for the Backburner as flanking opponents is common. Keep in mind, most flaming enemies will retreat to the water on the edges of the map. Take up a camping position to finish off weakened foes.
  • Due to there being no health packs in this level, make sure to defend the Engineer's buildings so you may continue to replenish your Flamethrower fuel and health, and help teammates.

Leaderboard class demoman.png Demoman

  • Staying away from Ravine's more open yard areas can allow you to guard the map's more cramped passageways easily. The indoors provide plenty of opportunities to lay down stickybomb traps, and giving enemies little room to avoid grenades.
  • As Ravine lacks health pickups, equipping the Persian Persuader may be a good idea as there are two large ammo pickups on this map.

Leaderboard class heavy.png Heavy

  • For the first half of the round, staying near the open area near your team's spawn room can be advantageous, as the absence of cover in the region could prevent a serious push by enemies into your team's side. Pursuing enemies indoors will allow them to use Ravine's many corners against you.

Leaderboard class engineer.png Engineer

  • Build a Dispenser and Sentry Gun directly outside of your spawn room, so teammates can come back and heal in safety.
  • Use the Gunslinger to quickly set up safe zones for your team!

Leaderboard class medic.png Medic

  • As with all Arena maps, having a Medic on the team is very important, particularly here as there are no health pickups. Stay away from any Pyro rush and dodge fire as you will be the most targeted player.
  • Since Medics are valuable on Ravine, try to stay with big groups of teammates, rather than just one.

Leaderboard class sniper.png Sniper

  • While standing on the control point itself is often dangerous, looking through Ravine's central building can afford you a clear shot from one side of the map to the other.
    • Spies could easily get to your position. As a Sniper, you should check your back often to prevent any Spies from having the opportunity to Backstab.

Leaderboard class spy.png Spy

  • The winding paths of Ravine's indoor areas allow Spies to lose pursuers with ease. Dodging around a corner and cloaking to escape is often easier due to the winding nature of the area.
    • The Revolver could also be used to pick off weak pursuers on your trail.